Recent Articles In Stardock Blog
January 19, 2023 by Tatiora on tatiora
The storied legacy of Sins of a Solar Empire began way back on October 10th, 2006 - announcement day! This was long before my time at Stardock - or before I’d even heard of it, for that matter - but fortunately for me, our forums hold a great deal of history that’s just a few search queries away. From Brad’s welcome post: “Stardock Entertainment, the creators of Galactic Civilizations, and Ironclad Games which includes developers from Homeworld: Cataclysm, have team...
January 26, 2023 by Tatiora on tatiora
I’ve worked at Stardock long enough now that when I think about the possibility of domineering robot overlords, this is the face I see: A screenshot of the Yor from Galactic Civilizations III.To be fair, there are plenty of other possibilities - all equally as unnerving - but let’s talk about the Yor, here. Unfamiliar with this synthetic race of murderous machines from the Galactic Civilizations series? To be fair to them, they don’t really consider their eradication of...
January 12, 2023 by Tatiora on tatiora
Space has always fascinated me. I admit that it doesn’t dominate my conscious thoughts as it does for many other enthusiasts, but I think it’s fairly impossible to look at images from telescopes like James Webb and be anything but at least a little curious about what’s out there. For many of us at Stardock and for our partners at other studios, the interest in space runs deep and fuels our passion for the games we create. Offworld Trading Company has been on my mind in re...
December 17, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
The holidays are in full swing here at Stardock, and we’ve had ourselves quite the busy week! Although most of us are local to Michigan, some of our colleagues work remotely with us from elsewhere. For the last couple of years, Stardock has made sure to fly them out for the festivities so that we can spend some time with them in person, and believe me we made the most of it this year! We kicked our week off with one of our patented game nights in the studio’s cafe. We wanted to ma...
December 1, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
I love soup. I know that seems like a strange blanket statement to make, but it’s true: nothing is as comforting as a warm bowl of soup (or chili) in your hands on a cold day. I’m the person who sticks her head out the door when the weather dips below 50 degrees and yells “SOUP SEASON!” out into the world. Just ask my neighbors. They’re witnesses. Anyway. Traditionally, we have done chili cook-offs here at Stardock, but we decided to change it up this year ...
November 24, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
We were lucky to have had a pretty mild October here in Michigan, but let me tell you: the chill of November has descended upon us with a vengeance. It may be cold as #$@! outside, but my insides are warm and fuzzy with gratitude for the great year we’ve had here at Stardock. Sappy? Yes, absolutely. But that’s pretty on brand for me, so you can deal with it. This year marked more of a return to “normal” with several in-person events and opportunities to spend time ...
November 10, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
I worked in schools for a very long time before I came to Stardock. As a result, there are certain habits and mentalities that I have carried over with me throughout the years that just haven’t gone away - in this case, an always-full candy dish at my desk. The dish has gotten bigger over the years, and more accessible. I definitely wasn’t crazy enough to leave candy in a bowl out in the open around elementary school kids! Truth be told, though, leaving it out around the Stardock ...
November 3, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
Here at Stardock, we take Halloween pretty seriously. It’s one of my favorite times of the year - I love seeing my coworkers’ creativity on full display! Our costume contest and Halloween luncheon are long standing traditions that I am always happy to enthusiastically participate in. This year was particularly silly for me because I overheard a few coworkers deciding to go as a herd of velociraptors. I decided that Robert Muldoon - famously known for his “Clever girl&rdqu...
October 28, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
What a week! Everyone has been so excited to get a first peek at what we’re working on with Sins of a Solar Empire II. If you’ve tried out our Technical Preview already, we definitely hope you’re enjoying it and we want to assure you: there is so much more to come. The technical preview is Sins II in its very earliest stages and is meant to get feedback from you guys on directions you’d like to see us move with it. One of the cornerstones of Stardock has been making su...
October 21, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
Group shot of our wagon rideIt’s autumn in Michigan, and that means it’s cider mill season! This week, we took our annual trip out to Three Cedars Farm and enjoyed each other’s company while we got lost in the corn maze, huddled up around the fire, ate donuts, and - of course - drank cider. We’ve had a bit of rain this week, which made the footing in the corn maze precarious at best. While I am normally determined to finish a challenge set in front of me - in this case...
October 7, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
It’s that time of year again: our annual publisher sale on Steam starts today and runs through October 13th! You can save up to 75% off on our games, expansions, DLC, and software.  I want to highlight a few of my favorites - and some fan favorites, too! - in case you were wondering where to start.  Offworld Trading CompanyI am probably the furthest from a financial mind as you can get, but Offworld Trading Company at least lets me pretend that I have what it takes to be a ...
September 29, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
A couple of weeks ago, my colleagues and I breathed a collective sigh of relief as we finally got to share some news we’d all had to keep quiet for entirely too long: Sins of a Solar Empire II is finally happening. While I am no stranger to NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) at this point, this particular secret had a weight unlike anything else I’ve ever carried in my 7 years here at Stardock. This was big. This was huge. This was something we truly wanted to be a special surprise ...
September 22, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
While bidding farewell to summer is always bittersweet, we do enjoy the autumn season here at Stardock. Yesterday, we decided to usher it in with style by throwing an “end of summer” BBQ in our cafe! At the BBQ, we had a chance to relax and eat food that was lovingly prepared by our incredible operations team! They started cooking at 10:30am so we'd all have enough food ready to eat by noon. We are so lucky to have them; I adore the “Grill Dad” energy that is emanating...
September 19, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
In case you missed it last week - and with all the hype and hullabaloo I’m not sure how you could have! - we officially announced Sins of a Solar Empire II. We are so excited to be working with our friends over at Ironclad Games again after so many years! Following in the footsteps of its critically acclaimed predecessor, this highly anticipated sequel will seamlessly blend real-time strategy and 4X gameplay to deliver a grand space conflict equal parts immersive and intense, while intr...
September 8, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
One of the things I have been doing nearly since I started at Stardock is receiving and sorting through emails that come to our marketing and media accounts. We get several key requests every week, and something I learned very early on was that not every one of them is legitimate. People will often pose as media outlets or Steam curators in hopes you’ll send them a key, which then soon appears on resale sites.  I’m sure it goes without saying, but these kinds of actions re...